Junior Campbell: The life and times of a shy ...

By Peter Robertson FOR JUNIOR CAMPBELL and his fellow band members, the first few weeks of 1969 were definitely – in the slang of the time – ‘groovy’. Marmalade had just become the first Scottish group ever to reach No.1 in the charts. To a studio audience of mini-skirted fans – not to mention a […]

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Eddie Cochran, Remembering – nearly 50 ...

By Ian Wooley, former DJ and MD of Retro Nights IT WAS 20 years ago when local Eddie Cochran fan Ange­la Powell first laid a memorial on the Chippenham roadside verge where the 21-year-old Rock ‘n’ Roll singer’s hire car crashed one fatal night in April, 1960. The cream Consul in which he was traveling […]

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Faithful to the Bowie music – not just ...

By Martin Hutchinson HARD to believe, but it’s three years since David Bowie passed away, yet his leg­acy is still very much apparent today. There is a surfeit of Bowie tribute acts on the circuit, some of which are excellent, but they all have a certain ingredient missing – the magic of the man himself. […]

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Knights like this: The final joust

By Pete Langford WHOA: is it really coming up to 60 years for us Barron Knights. So many things, going back all those years, have stuck in my mind and will always be there. I was 15 when I bought my first guitar and luckily I met Butch who lived only three miles away.His dad […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jimmy Mack

SHARE A CUPPA TEA with American Broadcasting Legend Jimmy Mack speaks of Stones, Nehru Jackets and Goatees, WWII, AND MORE! Secret talents of an icon of our time JIMMY MACK is an American broadcasting icon. He is also the most youthful 96- year-old I am likely ever to share a cuppa tea with. The conversational […]

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Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming

Ahead of the 50th anniversary, Jimi Hendrix Tributes just keep coming. The most interesting thing about looking back on artists from previous eras is often seeing which ones have withstood the test of time, or even which ones have become bigger than they ever were. A few obvious names come to mind: your Beatles and […]

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Michael lives in Ben tribute show

SAID to be the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star starts a UK tour in Bath on January 11. From dancing along to the legendary pop videos as a child, to playing to a crowd of weeping fans the day after Michael Jackson died, Ben Bowman has dedicated his life to be the UK’s ultimate […]

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Sounds of ’69: first time plays

By Pat Murphy Looking back a half-centu­ry, 1969 was a pretty decent year for pop music. Here are 10 records to prove the point. The organisation is chronological, based on my recollection of when I first heard them on Toronto radio. The Fifth Dimension: Aquari­us/Let the Sunshine In Although I wasn’t initially keen on this, […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina

Intelligent lyrics, lovely music. Jane Quinn shares a Cuppa Tea with Jim Messina who chats about Walt Disney, Love, Bolero and his metal shop. JAMES MELVIN joined us on Planet Earth in 1947 in a land known as California before spending time in another land called Texas. James later morphed into Jim Messina, musician, songwriter, […]

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Tears of success

Mar 2013 Tears of success

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Billie Davis celebrates the Golden Anniversary of her big hit ‘Tell Him’ this year, recalling how she was reduced to tears in the studio in the drive to get the sound that would propel the record into the UK Top 10.

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Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

Mar 2013 Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

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For inspiration for his new album “Long Wave”, Jeff Lynne has gone back to his childhood days in Birmingham when he heard songs on a crystal set

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Heep of good live music

Mar 2013 Heep of good live music

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UNLIKE many of the audience, this show was my first experience of seeing – and hearing – this vintage rock band live; and I was left with the thought, why have I waited this long?

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Goin’ back

Mar 2013 Goin’ back

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This month’s retro ramble goes back to the 60s and my home town of Sheffield, and a man who became arguably the world’s greatest white soul singer and a superstar to boot – Joe Cocker.

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Glory days of EPs

Mar 2013 Glory days of EPs

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If, like me, your music buying days began in the late 50s, you probably have fond memories of the extended play record – or the EP as it was popularly known.

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Sweet search for success

Mar 2013 Sweet search for success

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Making your first record as a teenager your thoughts are only about ‘whether it will chart?’, ‘will it make number 1?’, and I’m going to enjoy this ride for as long as it lasts.

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It’s a “labour of love”

Mar 2013 It’s a “labour of love”

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Engelbert Humperdinck has postponed a scheduled UK tour in May because of hold-ups in finishing his new CD, which features duets with other leading artists.

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Never a punk band, they say

Mar 2013 Never a punk band, they say

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SEEMINGLY, it has now become a tradition that The Stranglers tour the UK during March, and this year is no exception with their ‘Feel It Live’ tour.

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Three names on a journey

Mar 2013 Three names on a journey

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THREE of the most explosive names in rock are getting together for a series of dates around the UK in May.

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Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

Mar 2013 Faded glory of Frankie, man out of his time.

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Frankie Vaughan is someone whose place in popular memory seems to have receded dramatically since his death in 1999. For at least two reasons, that’s a bit surprising.

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